Henderson/Heidi-dancer(modern),choreographer, teacher,costume designer
Henderson/Jacki-choreographer,teacher,artistic director(hiphop)
Hennessy/Christine-dancer,artistic director,teacher(ballet)
Huddleston/Christine-dancer(ballet),graphics designer, set designer, costume designer
Hudson/Kerrie Jean-dancer,choreographer(modern)
Hunter/Paula-dancer(modern), performance artist, choreographer, teacher


Teacher, Educator, Administrator, Actress, Dancer(r)
Ballet (wRI)
Marrie Hadfield, originally from the Philadelphia area, danced principal roles with the San Diego Ballet and the San Diego Opera. In 1986 she joined Ballet West, where she performed as principal character artist in company productions for 12 years in a wide ranging classical repertoire.

Some of Marrie's roles at San Diego Ballet included, Marguerite in La Dame aux Camellias, Taglioni in Pas de Quatre and the Fairy Godmother in Cinderella. At San Diego Opera she performed in the PBS broadcasts of the Merry Widow and Eugene Onergin.

In addition, Marrie served as Director of Education and Outreach Programs at Ballet West. She joined Festival Ballet Providence in 2002 as its Education Outreach Program Manager and now also teaches in FB's Center for Dance Education and is a character actress with Festival Ballet.
PHONE: 401-353-1129
(posted 17Nov03)

Ballet (sRI,lRI)
Todd Hall has studied at many prestigeous dance schools including the School of American Ballet, Joffrey School, Boston Ballet School and Festival Ballet. In addition as a child he attended Professional Children's School and has his BS in Speech from Emerson College.

He has danced in the companies of Washington Ballet, Boston Ballet and Ballet Theatre of Boston. He has been a guest artist with many groups including North Star Ballet (Fairbanks, Alaska), North East Regional Dance Festival, Ballet South (Savannah, Georgia), Walnut Hill School, Ellicott City Ballet (Maryland). He is an accomplished teacher and has taught at numerous schools and groups including Rhode Island Dance Alliance, Emerson College, Ballet Theatre of Boston and Modern Jazz Dance Center
(posted 25Aug04)


Heidi Henderson (left)
& Gretchen Rowe (right)
Photo by Harry Zernike

Dancer, Choreographer, Teacher, Costume Designer
Modern (wRI)
From Skowhegan Maine, Heidi Henderson received her BA from Colby College and MFA from Smith College. She has danced in the companies of Bebe Miller, Nina Wiener, Peter Schmitz, Sondra Loring, and Paula Josa-Jones. Her own work has been performed in New York City, Boston, Rhode Island, and at the Jacob's Pillow Inside Out Festival. In 1997, she was invited to perform two solos in The International Festival of Dance in Taegu, Korea. In 2001, she founded the dance company, elephant jane, which performed in London in July 2003. (See article at Dance Company News 2002). She has taught master classes in New York and toured for the Bebe Miller and Nina Wiener Companies, and has been on the faculty at DanceSpace Inc in New York City, Amherst College, Colby College, Hampshire College, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Bates Dance Festival, and NYU's Tisch Dance Summer Festival.

In 2003 she accepted a full time position in the dance program at Connecticut College. She previously taught at Roger Williams University in Bristol (through May 2003) as well as at Festival Ballet and Brown.
PHONE: 401-789-5250
EMAIL: hh.elephantjane@verizon.net
posted 08Feb01.04Jul03
Choreographer, Teacher, Artistic Director
Hip hop (wRI)
Jackie Henderson was thedirector and founder of runs the outstanding youth hip hop group - Off The Curb, which closed its doors in 2008. She was featured on WSBE's Amazing Woman program which aired November 9, 2005. ARCHIVE:
PHONE: 401-849-1118
posted 29Sep01.updated 7Aug08

In Lidia Pettine's studio at Catherine Moynihan's piano Lydia on left and Christine Hennessy on right circa 1950's
Lidia Pettine (left) and
Christine Hennessy (right) at
Catherine Moynihan's piano
in Lidia's studio circa 1956

Artistic Director, Founder of Festival Ballet, Dancer
Ballet (bRI, sRI, lRI, wRI)
(b. 1936- d.12April 1997)
Christine Hennessey was one of Lidia Pettine's first students. Born in Providence, she lived on a dairy farm in North Providence, and attended Classical High School leaving Rhode Island in her teens to continue her education and ballet study in New York City with such distinguished teachers as Madame Maria Swoboda and Anatole Vilzak, and also at the Ballet Russe School.

At the age of 16 she was chosen to join the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, where she spent 4 years rising from the corps de ballet to first soloist. After a season as ballerina at the Bremen Opera House in Germany, she spent 4 years as the ballerina of the American Festival Ballet, an international dance troupe that was founded by Lidia Pettine and Renzo Raiss, who was Christine's first husband. She subsequently returned to Ballet Russe for a season,then toured South America and the Near East. She also appeared as the ballerina of the New York City Opera and starred in two films made in Europe- the Nutcracker and Four plus Four. After a season with the Joffrey Ballet in New York where she danced La Fille Mal Garde, she joined the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. It was with this company that she won the gold medal in 1968 for best interpretation by a female dancer at the International Festival of Dance in Paris,France. A Paris newspaper critic wrote "Bach seems to have written his music in order to exalt the majestic beauty of Christine Hennessey." Christine was known not only for her solid classical technique, but also for her vivid and masterful interpretation of the dramatic roles she danced.

In 1978 Christine,together with then husband Winthrop Corey (and their infant daughter Elizabeth) returned to Rhode Island to found the Festival Ballet with a number of other dancers and dance enthusiasts. Their vision in creating both a company and school was to develop the talents of local dancers and increase the visibility, status and standards of dance for Rhode Island audiences. This was especially apparent through their highly successful outreach program, Discover Dance, designed to serve children, seniors and other special agencies and groups throughout the state who were unable to afford the cost of regularly scheduled performances. Christine and Winthrop also drew dance masters, such as Arthur Mitchell, then Artistic Director of the Dance Theatre of Harlem, and the great American choreographer, Agnes de Mille, to the state to work with their students. Christine, herself, also choreographed and received critical acclaim for her Midsummer Night's Dream, To EJ with Love, Romeo and Juliet and Concerto in C. When Christine and Winthrop divorced, she became the Director. In 1994, Rhode Island College awarded Christine an honorary doctorate in fine arts. Until her death from lung cancer in 1997, she continued to be the driving force behind Festival Ballet and served as an inspiration for the many dancers that were fortunate enough to have studied with her.
ARCHIVE: For more about Christine Hennessy, see Catherine Moynahan's Interview.
(posted 08Feb01/updated 12Dec01/updated 26Feb03)
Ballet (lRI, sRI, wRI)
Gloria Howard is the director of Heritage Ballet. She received most of her training from Christine Hennessey and Winthrop Corey and performed as a soloist for 10 years with Festival Ballet of Rhode Island in divertissements such as Columbine Doll, Chinese Variation, and Merlitons in Nutcracker, White Cat in Sleeping Beauty and Spring Fairy in Cinderella. She was also engaged as Managing Director and Production Assistant for Festival Ballet. Currently a central office administrator in Middletown, she also has taught in elementary and high schools for over 20 years. Gloria teaches classical ballet.

Gloria Howard began her affiliation with Festival Ballet at its inception in 1978 as one of its first company members. She left in 1987 to pursue a career in education, but returned to assume operational leadership for Festival Ballet and the Festival Ballet Dance Center in January 1999, after serving for three years on the Board of Trustees. A graduate of the University of Rhode Island in theater, she has also earned advanced degrees in education and educational administration from Providence College, and more recently worked as a consultant and facilitator in organizational change and development with national firm, Leadership Learning Systems, Inc.
ADDRESS: Heritage Ballet/1947 Louisquisset Pike/Lincoln, RI 02865
PHONE: 401-333-9099
WEBSITE: http://www.heritageballet.com
(posted 08Feb01/updated 23Apr04)
Dancer, graphics designer, set designer, costume designer
Ballet (ldRI, wRI)
Christine Huddleston moved to New England to enroll at RISD where she received her BFS in Illustration. Christine has worked as Senior Toy Designer and Project Manager at Hasbro, developing promotional product lines such as My Little Pony, Puppy in My Pocket, and Dolly Surprise. She has also illustrated children's books including While You're Asleep and Stories to Learn By. Along with her pursuit of the visual arts, Christine also studied dance at the University of Akron and attended North Carolina School of the Arts. She has performed locally with State Ballet of Rhode Island and Patricia Goneconto. Christine currently works as a free-lance toy designer and illustrator and raises her two young children.
ARCHIVE: Designed the graphics, set, and costumes for Pippi Longstocking with the Cadence Dance Project March/June 00
(posted 08Feb01)

Kerri Hudson 2002

Dancer, Choreographer
Kerrie-Jean Hudson began her dance training in Taunton, MA, under the guidance of the late Carole Miller. She has a BFA in dance from Florida State University. While at FSU, she was a member of Dance Repertory Theater. Kerrie is also a founding member of Adele Myers & Dancers as well as Woodward Street Dance Project. Kerrie has studied at Jacob's Pillow Modern Traditions workshop as a scholarship student. She has worked with such choreographers as Sean Curran, Doug Varone, Garth Fagan and Jawole Willa Jo Zollar. Her own choreography has been performed at ACDFA, in high schools, and has won gold medals at competitions. Kerrie resides in Taunton, MA with her husband Jim and daughter Maci. She joined Fusionworks in 2002 and continues to dance with them.
PHONE: 508-880-9290
EMAIL: jimkerrie2001@yahoo.com
(posted 12Jun02/updated 21Jan04/21Feb04)

Paula Hunter

Dancer, Performance Artist, Choreographer, Teacher
Modern, Performance Art (lRI, wRI)
Paula Hunter, a nationally known performer, is curator of both a series she developed at New York City's Dixon Place called, The Words and The Motion and of the dance festival, Summer In The Square, an outdoor dance series in Union Square Park for which she will perform this summer (2002). She has twice been (and is now), Artist In Residence at Movement Research in NYC. Most recently she performed as part of the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art's performance art festival.

Her work bridges the gap between pure choreography and performance art as her hilarious solos blend words and movement seamlessly. She is an active performer in her adopted state of Rhode Island, performing nearly every year in the Carriage House spring season as well as at such locations as Rhode Island College, the Wheeler Gallery, and elsewhere.

In addition to her solo performing, she creates group works for colleges and high schools and has taught dance at many schools including performance art at Rhode Island School of Design and dance at Hope High School in Providence where she was the 2001 Artist in Residence. She is currently teaching a course in the history of performance art at Brown as well as directing her own dance studio, The East Side Ballet Studio. In 1999, Paula founded the children's dance company, JUMP!.
ARCHIVE: UPCOMING PERFORMANCE on January 31, 2004 Chopin & Me
19 and 20 May 2000- Premiered The Unexpected, a multi-media work, at The Carriage House in May 2000.
PHONE: 401-751-0366
EMAIL: mphunter54@aol.com
WEBSITE: Articles about Jump! http://www.criticaldance.com/features/2001/jump.html
Article on Losing Track http://www.wheelergallery.org/losingtrack.html
(posted 08Feb01/updated 29Apr02/27Feb03/12May03/20Jan04)
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